South America: Brazil, Argentina, Chile
October 16, 2017

Overview:

Photograph the wild and stunning beauty of Patagonia, a land of towering snowcapped peaks reflected in shimmering blue lakes. Savor fantastic views of thundering Iguaçu Falls from both the Argentinian and the Brazilian sides. Enjoy a traditional asado (steak) dinner accompanied by a stunning performance of tango in Buenos Aires. Witness the icons vistas of Corcovado, Sugarloaf Mountain, and Ipanema in legendary Rio de Janeiro. Take in panoramic vistas of Santiago from San Cristobal Hill, visit the historic home of Pablo Neruda, learn how to mix a perfect Pisco sour, and sample some of Chile’s world-famous wines.

Brief Itinerary:
Day 1: Depart USA
Day 2: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Day 3: Rio de Janeiro
Day 4: Rio de Janeiro / Iguacu Falls (Brazil)
Day 5: Iguacu Falls / Iguacu Falls (Argentina)
Day 6: Iguacu Falls / Buenos Aires
Day 7-8: Buenos Aires
Day 9: Buenos Aires / Bailoche
Day 10: Bariloche
Day 11: Bariloche / Villa la Angostura / Puerto Varas, Chile
Day 12: Puerto Varas / Puerto Montt / Santiago
Day 13: Santiago
Day 14-15: Santiago / USA

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South America: Brazil, Argentina, Chile
October 16, 2017

Day-By-Day Itinerary:

Day 1: Depart USA
Board your independent flight to Brazil.

Day 2: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Upon arrival, transfer to the Belmond Copacabana Palace, located in the heart of electrifying Rio de Janeiro, an incomparable city in an equally unforgettable setting. Relax over lunch before checking into your beach-view room, with the rest of the day at leisure. Gather at the hotel this evening for a welcome cocktail party and dinner.

Day 3: Rio de Janeiro
Take a drive past the Rodrigo de Freitos Lagoon to the elegant Cosme Velho district of Rio, then visit Tijuca National Park, the largest urban forest in the world. Take a cogwheel train to the top of Corcovado for splendid views of the Christ the Redeemer statue and vistas of Rio de Janeiro. Sample delicious grilled meats for lunch, and continue past the legendary, sun-drenched beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana. Then, take the cable car to the summit of Sugar Loaf Mountain for breathtaking city and ocean views. This evening, enjoy an exciting showcase of Samba.
Day 4: Rio de Janeiro / Iguacu Falls (Brazil)
After breakfast, board your scenic flight to Foz do Iguaçu. Check in to the lavish Belmond Das Catarata, the only hotel located within the Brazilian Iguaçu National Park. After lunch, enjoy breathtaking views of the falls on a short but thrilling helicopter ride. Your explorations continue with a leisurely stroll along forest trails, making stops at viewpoints for more panoramic vistas of the falls.

Day 5: Iguacu Falls / Iguacu Falls (Argentina)
Travel to the Argentinian side of the falls this morning and board a train to view the unforgettable Devil’s Throat. This long, narrow chasm channels nearly half of the river’s flow, creating a deafening roar and veils of mist. Continue over catwalks, boardwalks, and forest trails for the chance to walk along the edge and even above some of the many falls. The falls create their own mini-rainforest climate, and you will find tropical growth of bamboo, orchids, and ferns, as well as a large number of colorful parrots. After lunch, travel to the Brazilian-Paraguayan border for a guided tour of the Itaipu Dam. Owned jointly by Brazil and Paraguay, this is one of the world’s largest hydroelectric projects, having more power than 10 nuclear power stations and capable of generating 12,600 megawatts of zero-emission electricity. Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 6: Iguacu Falls / Buenos Aires
The morning is at leisure to relax and take in the local beauty, perhaps taking a stroll along the hotel’s inviting walking trail. Transfer to the airport for our mid-day flight to Buenos Aires, the mesmerizing capital of Argentina. Upon arrival in this vibrant city, transfer to the lovely Alvear Palace Hotel located in the heart of the French heritage district of Recoleta. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the hotel and explore the neighborhood. Dinner this evening is an Argentine delight; your meal at Steak by Luis will be an occasion to treasure. Chef Luis is a master of Argentina’s signature steak specialty, asada. Your meal is a multi-course delight, with each course paired with the perfect wine. You can visit the grill where Luis shares with you the process, ritual, and secrets of a great Argentine asador.

Day 7-8: Buenos Aires
Spend two full days exploring Buenos Aires, often referred to as “the Paris of South America.” French influences are found everywhere, especially in the predominant Belle Époque architectural style that is found throughout the capital.

Begin in La Boca, the oldest neighborhood in Buenos Aires, and a true artist colony, right down to the vibrant multi-colored designs of the houses. Continue to lovely San Telmo, the best-preserved historical neighborhood and the birthplace of the tango. Here, enjoy a thrilling visit to the Mansion Dandi Royal, home of the Tango Academy; well-known Argentine dancers will introduce you to the fine art of tango. Relax over lunch at a local café, then stroll through the vibrant Sunday antique market for an immersion into the local culture and an opportunity to browse for hidden treasures. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure to explore on your own. Tonight, enjoy a memorable dinner and tango show at one of the city’s stylish Tango venues.

Your second day begins with a morning walking tour through the enchanting and elegant Recoleta Quarter. View the Casa Rosada where Argentinean leaders traditionally address the masses from the balconies; tour the famous Recoleta Cemetery to see Eva Peron’s (Evita’s) grave, the Metropolitan Cathedral, and the city’s famous Plaza de Mayo where crowds once cheered Juan and Eva Peron. Then take a short drive to Palermo Parks, an area full of beautiful green spaces and gardens. Your morning tour concludes with a visit to the Teatro Colon, the main opera house in Buenos Aires, and considered one of the best in the world. Take a private backstage tour of the Italian-style building, constructed in the beginning of the 20th century to rival the beauty and acoustics of Milan’s La Scala. Learn about the Teatro Colon’s tragic tales, from death, delays, and an assassination to a love triangle gone wrong. This afternoon is at leisure to pursue your own interests. With numerous museums, art galleries, shopping, fascinating antiques, lush green parks, and tree-lined boulevards, it’s hard not to fall in love with Bueno Aires.

Day 9: Buenos Aires / Bailoche
Board your morning flight to Bariloche, located in the Andean foothills. The “queen” of the Andean Lakes District, Bariloche rivals the Swiss Alps for sheer beauty and outdoor activities that include fishing, bicycle tours, trekking, climbing, horseback touring, and water sports. The world-renowned Llao Llao Hotel & Resort, boasts a magnificent alpine setting and offers almost every amenity imaginable. Your afternoon is at leisure to explore this supremely scenic area, or simply relax and enjoy stunning lake views from your room.

Day 10: Bariloche
Bariloche lies on the banks of Lake Nahuel Haupi, surrounded by a national park. Travel past forests, lakes, and mountains to the base of Campanario Mountain, where a chairlift will take you to the top at 3,445 feet for breathtaking views. Return to Bariloche’s city center in time for lunch, where you can choose from a variety of popular local restaurants. This afternoon is left open for you to play a round of golf, go shopping for leather goods, take a hike, or cruise out to one of the lake’s many islands.

Day 11: Bariloche / Villa la Angostura / Puerto Varas, Chile
Depart early this morning and take the “Road of the Seven Lakes” towards Villa La Angostura. Along the way, search the rugged Patagonian landscape for herds of indigenous, camel-like guanaco or Andean condors soaring through the skies. Make a stop the estancia (grazing farm) of the Jones family. The farm is still inhabited by descendants of Jared Jones, a Texan who immigrated to Argentina in 1895 and built this farm for deer hunting. Upon arriving in Villa La Angostura, you will have the chance to spend a little time sightseeing and shopping in this charming village. Continuing on the Seven Lakes Road, pass Lake Correntoso, world famous for its fly-fishing, and Espejo Lake (Mirror Lake), before arriving at the Chilean border. After enjoying local cuisine at the elegant Termas de Puyehue Hotel for lunch, continue to the one-time German colony of Puerto Varas. Check in to Hotel Patagonico for dinner and overnight.

Day 12: Puerto Varas / Puerto Montt / Santiago
This morning, drive through exquisite scenery, and view the commanding Osorno Volcano before arriving at Puerto Montt, one of Chile’s most spectacular and important ports. At the southern end of the Pan American Highway, the climate of Puerto Montt is likened to Seattle and Vancouver, and the architecture and culture are imbued with the spirit of early German settlers. From Puerto Montt, fly to Santiago, one of South America’s most sophisticated cities and the historic, economic, and cultural center of Chile. Surrounded by mountains on both sides, including the snowcapped Andes to the east, the setting of Santiago is breathtaking. Your afternoon tour includes San Cristobal Hill, with its beautiful public park that features a monumental sculpture of the Virgin Mary and panoramic views of the distant Andes. Then ride the cable car down to the Bella Vista district to visit La Chascona, the romantic hideaway of Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda and his mistress (and later third wife), Matilde Urrutia. The house was built in stages, with the poet collaborating with two different architects and imprinting his own eclectic touches on the construction. A short walk takes you to a lovely restaurant inspired by the Chilean poet, El Meson Nerudiano. Here, view a demonstration of how to make the famous mixed drink, pisco sour, and taste the exotic concoction with local empanadas (meat filled turnovers) and other savory snacks while enjoying a brief presentation on Neruda’s poetry in this unique setting. Check in to the Ritz-Carlton Santiago for dinner and overnight.

Day 13: Santiago
This morning discover the beauty and history of Chile’s capital city. Begin with the city’s main avenues to La Moneda Palace and the Cathedral Metropolitana. Next, journey south of the city to visit the Santa Rita Winery. Set at the foothills of the Andes, Santa Rita is considered to be the most traditional winery in the country. Enjoy wine tasting before touring the vineyards and learning about every stage of the winemaking process. Visit the winery’s Andean Museum, which houses a private collection of valuable Pre-Columbian objects from a variety of Chilean Andean cultures. After lunch at the winery, return to Santiago with the rest of the afternoon at leisure. This evening gather at the hotel for a farewell cocktail party and dinner.

Day 14-15: Santiago / USA
This morning join a local expert for a pleasant walking tour of the trendy Lastarria neighborhood next to Santa Lucia Hill near the historic center. The barrio Lastarria is a fun area with bohemian and poetic flavors reflected in its trendy boutiques, restaurants, cafes, bars, and a lively artisanal fair. Your walk ends at Forestal Park, with the rest of the day at leisure to explore on your own. Board your independent homeward flight this evening and arrive in the USA the next day.

*Please note: This itinerary is subject to change. In the spirit of expedition travel, plans may change slightly to take full advantage of encounters with the destination and its people, culture, and wildlife.

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South America: Brazil, Argentina, Chile
October 16, 2017

Rates:

2017 Rates
Approx. $10,990 per person, double occupancy

Approx. $13,990 per person, single occupancy

Rates are based on per person sharing and approximate until the time of booking. Rates are quoted in USD and subject to change without prior notice due to circumstances beyond our control; i.e. fuel increases, currency fluctuations, etc.

Included:

All excursions in the company of your travel director and local guides; all gratuities (except for your travel director); all accommodations; all group meals, including selected beverages with lunch and dinner; all entrance fees; arrival and departure transfers on group dates; gift certificates for recommended expedition gear and reading materials; and medical expense coverage and emergency evacuation insurance.

Not Included:

Airfare from your home city/Rio de Janeiro and Santiago/home city; intra-tour airfare between Brazil, Argentina, and Chile at $1,370 per person; excess baggage charges; airport arrival and departure taxes; transfers for independent arrivals and departures; passport and/or visa fees; travel insurance; items of a personal nature such as laundry, alcoholic beverages (other than listed above), and other incidentals; and email/Internet/fax/telephone charges.

Deposit & Payments

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October 16, 2017